I research and teach comparative rhetoric (rhetorical theory and practices beyond the Western tradition), multimodality, and digital writing pedagogy. Approaching rhetoric and writing as a global, multimodal art, I use cross-cultural rhetorical perspectives and multimodality as interconnected frames to expand how we theorize, practice, and teach the art of rhetoric in the 21st century.
My current book project, Wordless Rhetoric: Rhetorical Conduct as Political Discourse in the Thai Tradition, recovers conduct as a major form of rhetoric in the Thai culture. Drawing upon archival and field research conducted in Bangkok, my book advances a theory of conduct rhetoric to broaden our understanding of the gestural modality beyond the context of oratory and composing. More broadly, my work disrupts rhetoric’s traditional focus on the West and (phal)logocentrism and provides a new analytical apparatus for thinking about the role of race, gender, class, and national identity in the making and remaking of the rhetorical canons.
Several of my works on multimedia composing have appeared in Computers and Composition.
PhD Composition and Rhetoric, Miami UniversityMA Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing, University of ColoradoBA English literature, summa cum laude, University of Colorado
Adsanatham, Chanon. "Building a Digital Counterpublic: Civic Affordances of Twitter under Thai Authoritarian Governance." Social Media: An Asian Reader, Ed. Rachael Khan and Azman Azwan Azmawati, forthcoming
Adsanatham, Chanon, Bre Garrett and Aurora Matzke. “Re-Inventing Digital Delivery for Multimodal Composing: A Theory and Heuristic for Composition Pedagogy.” Computers and Composition 30.4 (2013): 315-331.
Adsanatham, Chanon. “Integrating Assessment and Instruction: Using Student-Generated Grading Criteria to Evaluate Multimodal Digital Projects.” Computers and Composition 29.2 (2012): 152-174.
Adsanatham, Chanon, et al. “Going Multimodal: Programmatic, Curricular, and Classroom Change.” Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres. Ed. Tracey Bowen and Carl Whithaus. Pittsburgh, PA: U of Pittsburgh P, 2013. 282-312.